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As mentioned in my Ft. Worth Irons review, the Hogan brand has been relaunched since its purchase from Callaway in 2011 by Scor Golf. The PTx irons are geared to mid handicappers or even lower handicappers that want just a little more forgiveness. I took these out a few times to see what I could see.
Initial Thoughts and My Testing Process
My initial thoughts while testing these irons and now that I’m sitting down to write a review of them was that I’m simply not playing well enough to give them their full due.
But now that I’m thinking about it, these clubs are meant for low to mid handicappers like myself who have about an equal number of “on” days as “off” days and often stretches of off days. So, my experience will likely be representative.
That being said, I’m still rusty from not playing much over the last 3 years, and I am capable of hitting the ball quite a bit better with some consistent practice.
I’m now hitting the range at least once or twice a week and seeing very solid improvement in my ball striking. I may get these puppies back and give them a try with my updated game some day.
For now, this is what I got. Oh, I should mention that I’ve fallen a little short fidelity to his teachings in Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.
I keep thinking it will involve a slight regression in my current progress if I strictly adhere to his instruction. I’m likely wrong, though.
Innovations and Specifications
The PTx irons are a joy to look at, not unlike their blade companions, the Ft. Worths. The head profile inspires confidence without screaming “Game Improvement”.
You’ll have zero hesitation showing these to your buddies. Like the Ft. Worths, I ordered two demo clubs. Again, they arrived muy pronto. And the lofts this time around were 41* and 29*.
My estimation is that these equate to somewhere around a 9-iron and a 5-iron. But that’s exactly the purpose of the loft system, according to Hogan golf.
The standard iron designations are too imprecise. The graphic below shows all the specs for PTx irons.
The heads are built using “titanium co-forging”, putting a co-forged titanium core at the center of each iron, while adding mass to the perimeter for precision shot making.
The company line is that the PTx progressive hollow construction leads to higher ball flight in the lower lofts, while the co-forged thicker face promotes a steeper landing angle with more green-grabbing spin on longer approach shots.
This same titanium co-forging process gives you more distance control in your higher lofted irons scoring irons.
Their team says they have solved the code for curing your “Ballooning short irons” and “Hard to hit long irons.” Who doesn’t want some of that!?
I constantly hear that tour pros want to hit “driving” dart-like short irons (read- not high) and high soft-landing long irons.
I’m 100% on board with the second one. Here’s how they achieve nirvana, “a consistently-positioned center of mass in relation to the golf ball”.
I mentioned how they do this in the “co-forged” section, just above.
As with the Ft. Worth irons, a precision loft system is used with the PTx irons aims to give you greater control in your scoring clubs with more precise gapping and allows you to eliminate one of your long irons and add a wedge.
The lofts range from 20 to 47 degrees, and you are given 4 choices as to launch angle preferences when choosing your set.
- High Launch Loft Profile: 23/27/31/35/39/43/47
- Mid Launch Loft Profile: 22/26/30/34/38/42/46
- Low-Mid Launch Loft Profile: 21/25/29/33/37/41/45
- Low Launch Loft Profile: 20/24/28/32/36/40/44
The PTx irons employ the v-sole for the purpose of improving club-turf interaction by giving the average player a wider selection of shots. There’s both a high and low bounce to achieve greater versatility in your shot making.
Serious golfers prefer custom fit irons, so the PTx irons are offered in the widest array of lofts and shaft options in the industry, FOR FREE.
Combined with the advantages of the PreciseLoft™ system and other innovations, the legendary Ben Hogan quality standards Ensure
that the golfer has the most precise set of irons in the game today.
I want to quickly say- I think these are great clubs. Catch them solid, and the ball soars and holds the green. They are meant for the more accomplished player, and I got from them exactly what I deserved from.
I did have times during rounds where my swing did feel and behave solid, so I made a point of bringing out the Ft. Worths. Strangely enough, I had better results with the 5 iron, which I used off the tee on par 3’s and from the fairway a few times.
Distance: I find the irons I tested were pretty much on par with my clubs. If you read my Ft. Worth Iron review, you’ll know that I play Callaway Bertha Fusion irons circa 2007 – 2008 and that I consider these some of the longest clubs there are.
It’s difficult for me to say with 100% accuracy, the distance of these clubs because the lofts are not exact matches. I find a “heavy” hit with these clubs, just like the Ft. Worths. I’m guessing it will be a trademark of the Hogan line.
Shaping: Shaping the ball with the PTx’s is just a touch easier than with my set. By the same token, there’s a little less correction on mishits. I found my hooks a little hookier.
I was able to hit nice little fades almost on command. It’s not a strength of mine, so I don’t even attempt hitting a fade with my set. Overall, if you like shaping the ball, either way, I think the PTx’s will do nicely for you.
Forgiveness: Not quite as much as my old-school game improvement Callaway’s, but certainly more than the Ft. Worths. Toed shots lose some distance but largely stay on line. Your hooks will hook more and your slices will slice more.
These clubs would do a fine job for the slightly more accomplished ball strikers among us mid-handicappers. This set moves you just a little closer to the better-player irons category and would serve you well into your journey to a single digit handicap.
They look great and set up beautifully behind the ball- inspiring confidence in your game. I do think that if you are a 15 or above you may want to wait on these.
You get only a little more than what you put in. So, thank you for reading my Ben Hogan PTx Irons review and hit ’em good.